Grade: 12

Credit: 1

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation.

Description:  The Advanced Placement Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with the major subfields within psychology. They will also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. In May, the students will take an Advanced Placement Psychology Examination to qualify for advanced standing and/ or credit in college.

Teacher: Ms. Brown and Mr. Guerra

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Summer Assignment 2020:

The summer assignment for AP Psychology requires you review the following basic terms related to psychological and scientific research. Many of these terms should be familiar, although some are more directly related to psychological research. At the bottom of this document is a list of resources that you may want to use to help you review these terms, although you could use any credible and scholarly source.  For each term, make a handwritten flash card that includes the term on the front and the following two things on the back:

  1. the definition of the term (in your own words)
  2. a memory device – either an application of the term that is relevant or personal to you, OR a statement that connects the term to another idea, OR an example for that term, OR an image that represents the term


Methods of Research

  • Case study
  • Correlational study
  • Experiment
  • Naturalistic observation
  • Survey

Designing a Study

  • Confounding variables
  • Control variables
  • Dependent variable
  • Double blind procedure
  • Experimental condition
  • Hypothesis
  • Independent variable
  • Operationalize/ Operationally define
  • Population
  • Random assignment (experiments)
  • Random sampling
  • Replication
  • Scientific method

Interpreting the Results of a Study

  • Correlation
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Hawthorne effect
  • Histogram
  • Illusory correlation
  • Inferential statistics
  • Mean
  • Median
  • Mode
  • Normal curve
  • Overconfidence
  • Placebo effect
  • Range
  • Scatterplot
  • Skewed distribution
  • Standard deviation
  • Standard deviation
  • Statistical significance
  • Wording effect


Resources (use these or other reputable sources):

Psychological Research - Crash Course Psychology #2:

 Mean, Median, and Mode: Measures of Central Tendency: Crash Course Statistics #3:

Correlation Doesn’t Equal Causation: Crash Course Statistics #8:

Controlled Experiments: Crash Course Statistics #9:

Standard Deviation - Explained and Visualized:

Introduction to Inferential Statistics (by Liz Roth-Johnson, PhD):

Randomized Controlled Trials - Sugar Doesn't Make Kids Hyper: Healthcare Triage #3:

PsychSim 5 – Descriptive Statistics (interactive activities – requires Flash):